Thursday, February 17, 2011

52 Pick Up

For the year of 2011, I intend to complete 52 significant, worth a week projects. They may be crafty. They may be arty. They may be just crazy-ass ideas all drawn out with plans. I will do my best to chronicle the process not only for entertainment purposes but also an effort to improve the quality of my endeavors. Many aspects from the 365 project still hold true.

*Ha! Fooled you. You thought of course I would include a image of cards from the old card trick. The main image for this post and this project is a 1952 pick up truck. I was tempted to use this image... for the sheer creepy factor. But the source material just squicked me pretty out though I dig the blog that posted it.

Blogging is hard work

So it has been almost 2 months since the close of 2011 and the 365 project. I learned a few things. 1, it is insane to plan a project a day and have a full time job and be a parent and friend. If I ever do that again, I am gonna have to ditch one of those things. (Guess which one it would ditch... come on, guess ;)

As I closed the 365 project I only completed about 100 projects. I didn't even get to blogging them all. I learned a few things one if which is it takes time to photograph and write and illustrate stuff. Who knew. I find that despite that I still like doing it. And I love thinking about projects and then actually doing it. I plum adore the whole process.I also learned that have a goal, a structure and making that structure know to the world was immensely helpful. It gave me drive not only to complete my ideas and project but also a greater sense of "rightness" about recording ideas in books, blogs and journals regardless of if I ever brought them to life.

I also learned to accept and embrace the fact I will always be one of those people with a million ideas. An Ex once said to me (in a not very nice way) that "you always have a million ideas but I only see you doing one or two... you have all these dreams and you aren't doing them." That was painful to hear not only because he was saying to be mean and belittle me but also because well it was true. And years later, after removing him and adding some of those dreams I figured out... well that it is okay not to see each and every idea, dream, half baked notion to the light of day. The first step is to think it or dream it... so job done there.

So I will be starting a new project ( i sorta already did) for 2011. One that respects the time it takes to write, image and otherwise communicate the whole dealio. I will call this project 52 Pick Up. After the card game. Pick Up as in I am picking everything back up after a right crap holiday season. And the 52 comes from one a week. I have a bunch of blogging to do from projects started and completed since the first. Stay tuned.